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New UNIDO study helps manufacturers understand net benefits and cost for different energy efficient refrigeration design options.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launches its latest guidance document supporting domestic and commercial refrigeration manufacturers seeking to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project is funded by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme (K-CEP) and supported by International Copper Association (ICA).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the study will be launched through a webinar which will present the outcomes of the project and provide insight into how to use the guidance document, analyse changes in manufacturing, evaluate technical and financial options for energy efficient refrigeration equipment and calculate associated emission reductions.

The webinar will be hosted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) towards an inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Recordings will be available on ASHRAE Global Training Centre website following the webinar.

This new study sets out a methodology and tools for manufacturers to understand cost and net benefits for different energy efficient refrigeration design options and the required manufacturing line upgrades.

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted cold value chains which are critical for the distribution of foods and vaccines. The refrigeration and air conditioning sector is currently responsible for around 17% of global electricity consumption and, in some developing countries, even exceeds 40% of the national electricity demand.

In order to reduce the impact on health and the environment, it is vital to improve the energy efficiency of the refrigeration systems and to adopt refrigerants that have zero or low climate impact.

As an implementing agency of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, UNIDO is supporting its Member States which phase out the use of ozone depleting and global warming substances in the cooling sector. The amendment to the Montreal Protocol in 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda has led to the creation of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme which aims to help increase energy efficiency (EE) of cooling in developing countries.

This unique K-CEP funded project, ‘Assessment of incremental capital and operating costs for improved EE in domestic, commercial and retail refrigeration’ looked at manufacturers in five countries and characterised them using a Manufacturer Development Index (MDI) which takes into account: Manufacturer development capacity, manufacturer production volume, manufacturer proximity to and relationship with component’s original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), market maturity, and country’s energy efficiency score.

Manufacturers are now able to ascertain which changes to their offerings can be taken cost effectively. The simulation software, called Commercial Refrigeration Analysis, gives visual modelling of the changes in components, the benefit in energy efficiency and the cost involved in promoting green design and thus keeping the product competitive in the long term. A record of the changes made, enable scenarios and costings to be formed into a “board room ready” style presentation.

“Many companies are missing suitable guidance and opportunities for knowledge transfer when trying to meet global climate goals. This guidance document introduces practical ways to calculate and cost the changes needed for their product and factory footprint to comply with both international agreements and national legislation,” says Mr IINO Fukuya Ph.D. from the Department of Environment UNIDO, Vienna, Austria.

The webinar will be held on 22 July 2020 – 15:00-16:30 CEST

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The webinar programme will be set out as follows:

  • Intro
  • Report structure, methodology, findings
  • Intro to CERA- DOE software
  • Industrial examples.
  • Where to download resources; get consultancy follow up.
  • Q&A

Lead author and presenter Omar Abdelaziz, Ph.D., Member of ASHRAE, and Assistant Professor of Thermofluids at Zewail City of Science and Technology, highlights that, “The outcomes of the project provide insight into how to analyse changes in manufacturing, evaluate technical and financial options for energy efficient products and calculate associated emission reductions. We hope manufacturers and service providers that need help to change their products and factories in today’s competitive marketplace can rely on the project guidance document and consultants familiar with the work to improve products energy efficiency and reduce emissions.”